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Painted With a Candle
October 29, 2010   
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Bas-reliefs, metamorphic watercolors and unusual “sootograms” are on view in Katowice at an exhibition summing up 50 years of work by artist Jerzy Wroński.

Wroński, 80, an arts professor, graduate of the painting department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, has from the start of his artistic career made use of spontaneous natural processes, revealing the creative potential contained within them. Experiments with different materials led him, in the late 1950s, to monochromatic bas-relief pictures made with the help of a flame moving across a piece of hardboard. Later, the artist created metamorphic watercolors and diffusion drawings in which another medium—water—though used in microscopic amounts, was the main driving force.

Starting in the mid-1980s, blending these antagonistic elements led Wroński to work on a unique cycle of pictures he later called “sootograms.” They were the result of his discovery of the unusual properties of soot particles produced by a candle and deposited on a moistened glass plate placed over the flame. As fire and water meet, surface tensions arise and extraordinary structures are produced—the negatives of pictures emerging from nothing.

Mirela Hein

BWA Gallery of Contemporary Art in Katowice, 6 Korfantego Ave., through Nov. 14, www.bwa.katowice.pl
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